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Hermès briefcase of Louis Barthou 7 avenue Victor Emmanuel III

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Hermès - Louis Barthou - Allée Vicor-Emmanel III - Allée Franklin Roosevelt


Located in Paris, this famous artery was once a dirt road. Today it is one of the most beautiful avenues in Paris: Allée Franklin Roosevelt.

1696: a dirt road laid out

1723: Allée de Cours

1763: Allée du Roule

1918: Allée d'Antin

1945: Allée Franklin Roosevelt (8th arrondissement)

In 1696, the current Allée Franklin Roosevelt was a simple dirt road. In 1723, the path was embellished and transformed by the Duke of Antin, then Superintendent of the King's Buildings. The alley was named Allée du Cours.

In 1763 it was renamed Allée du Roule and then Allée d'Antin. After 1870, it was extended beyond the Champs-Elysées roundabout to the Saint-Philippe-du-Roule church. At that time, the area was not safe and had a reputation for being a bad place to live. At the level of the roundabout was the Bal de Flore. Further down were the Isis Ball and the Negro Ball, then the Paris Garden, which disappeared in 1900 when the Grand Palais was built. In 1909, the fashion designer Paul Poiret set up his house at 26, avenue d'Antin. He brought with him a number of fashion and couture houses, gradually making the district the epicentre of Parisian elegance. In 1918, the avenue was renamed "Avenue Victor Emmanuel III", King of Italy. In 1945 it was renamed Allée Franklin Roosevelt.

The number 7

The building was successively inhabited by Armand Nisard (1841-1925), French ambassador to the Holy See at the time of the separation of Church and State in 1905

and Louis Barthou (1863-1934), lawyer, journalist and politician. At Number 2 André Hunebelle had his shop selling glass specialities.

Document holder HERMES

Document holder for identity papers, Hermès, Period 1927, hot stamped with the name and address of Louis Barthou

Detail of the zip

LOUIS BARTHOU (1862-1934)

Louis Barthou

Louis Barthou was passionate about fine books and had a library of rare editions.

Assassination of Alexander 1er and Louis Barthou

in Marseille on 9 February 1934

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on 9 February 1934. A few months later, on 9 October 1934, Louis Barthou was assassinated in Marseille while accompanying the sovereign Alexander of Yugoslavia on an official visit. Louis Barthou was shot in the chest by mistake and died shortly afterwards at the age of 72. He is buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Before his death, he was Minister of State, President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts, Minister of the Interior and Minister of Public Works.


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